FN-Logo-Full-Colour-CMYK_0emrlogoThere will be lots of Seaweek 2018 events happening in Northland and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Northland Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Jordie MacDonald from Experiencing Marine Reserves – email: Ph 0273 548745


Seaweek 2018 Events:


Sandy Bay Beach Sweep

Date: Friday 9 March 2018.
Time: 3 – 5pm
Location: Sandy Bay, Tutukaka Coast.
Cost: Free
Contact: Jo Roberts, email: Ph: (021) 043-7910

It’s Seaweek and we want to show our Moana that we care!
Join us and clean Sandy Bay, a beach we all love, yet is showing the stresses of plastic debris.
Bring the kids down after school, have a picnic and help us keep our coast beautiful!
Please wear solid footwear, and bring gardening gloves if you wish, sunscreen, hat and water.

More info:


Baylys Beach Seaweek Celebration

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018. Rain date is Sunday 4th March, same time
Time: 3 – 5pm
Location: main entrance to Baylys Beach, Seaview Road. Drive to the bottom of Seaview Road and walk or drive onto the beach, you will see our event set up on the beach.
Cost: Free
Contact: or Ph Suzy on 021 161 1001

Activities include: Sand Sculpture competition, Horse rides with Baylys Beach Horse Treks – must wear covered footwear please, Treasure Hunt, Volleyball, Cricket, Touch Rugby. A complimentary BBQ will also be on offer.
The event is Smoke Free and Alcohol Free.

Please bring covered footwear if you want to participate in the horse rides.

Search Baylys Beach Society on Facebook
Look forward to seeing you there.


Great Big Micromollusc Hunt

Thanks to Experiencing Marine Reserves, supported by NZAEE Seaweek

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Calling all beachcombers, come and discover the NZ micro mollusc community; first 20 registered kids receive a free locket. Register on the day.
Date: Saturday 17th March
Time: 1pm-4pm
Location: Matapouri Beach
Cost: Free
Contact: For more info or postponements or


Marine Kaitiaki Action Day – a day for kids and their parents

Thanks to Experiencing Marine Reserves

Image: Jacqui Geux

Activities will include monitoring the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve for reef fish and the Marine Metre Square rocky reef survey. Numbers limited (10 years old and up and accompanied by a parent/guardian)
Date: Sunday 18th March
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Reotahi
Contact: Registrations essential – book online – or


FREE Community Guided Kayak Days – Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve – Waikaraka

Thanks to Experiencing Marine Reserves, supported by NZAEE Seaweek

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Come and explore our local marine reserve by kayak. Learn first-hand about the marine life that lives there. Fun for ages 7 and up! You will be guided through large mature mangroves and cormorant nests.
Supported by the Department of Conservation and Pacific Coast Kayaks
Dates: Sunday 25 February – FULLY BOOKED
and Saturday 24 March
Location: Waikaraka rest area on Whangarei Heads Rd.
Cost: Free – donations welcome
Contact: Registrations essential – book online – or


FREE Community Guided Snorkel Days

Thanks to Experiencing Marine Reserves
Supported by Foundation North, Whangarei District Council, NZAEE Seaweek, Department of Conservation, the Whangarei Lions, Hansen (gazebo) and Warren Biddle Real Estate

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Explore your local marine area with experienced snorkel guides. Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Bring your own gear or use ours. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer.

Reotahi, Whangarei Heads: Sunday 7th January, Sunday 21st January, Saturday 24th February and Sunday 11th March 10am – 3pm
Tapeka Point , Russell, Bay of Islands Saturday 3rd March 10am – 3pm
Maitai Bay , Karikari Peninsula Sunday 18th January 10am – 4pm
Kai Iwi Lakes 27th January 10am – 3pm
Kai Iwi Lakes – night snorkel (register on facebook)
Cost: Free – donations welcome
Contact: For more info or postponements or


Library Seaweek Storytime

Come along to listen to a seaweek themed storytime for Pre-schoolers

Date: Wednesday 7th March and Thursday 8th March
Time: 10am-11am
Location: Whangarei Central and Tikipunga Libraries
Cost: Free
Contact: 09-4304206


Marine Reserves: Rohe Moana

Thanks to Kiwi North

‘Exploring Our Local Marine Reserves’ exhibition and displaying local Pot-Bellied Seahorses, Maori name: Manaia, Scientific name: Hippocampus abdominalis

Date: Saturday 3th March – Saturday 10th March
Time: Kiwi North Opening hours
Location: Kiwi North, Gate 1, 500 S.H.14, Maunu
Cost: Included in general admission
Family pass $45, adults $20, seniors $15, students $5, under 5 free


Seaweek Exposed: public talk

Thanks to Kiwi North

Image: Mels Barton

Bringing tales from Tangaroa together with the exploits of the orca and leopard seals in our harbour.Date: Tuesday 6th March,
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Location: Kiwi North, Gate 1, 500 S.H.14, Maunu
Cost: Adults $10, accompanied school students FREE
Contact:,, 09 438 9630

Port Nikau celebrates Sea Week 2018

Thanks to Port Nikau, Sarah Fox

A free community, zero waste event featuring a big land and harbour clean up to celebrate Seaweek 2018
There will be something for everyone no matter what age:
+ The Royal navy boat NZMS HAWEA will be docked for people to explore, scramble aboard and meet the crew. + THE ROCK POOL starring Styrene and the Kai Moana is a unique whacky musical entertainment show for all ages with a message from the deep blue sea. Show goes for 40 mins. + An inflatable kelp seaweed tunnel to explore. + Food and drinks. + Model Aviation Northland flying demonstration. + Growing pile of collected rubbish throughout event.
Date: Sunday 4th March
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Location: Port Nikau- End of Port Road, Whangarei
Cost: FREE to all attendees
Contact : Sarah Fox : or call 0274633498

The Rock Pool

Starring Styrene and the Kai Moana!
Thanks to Little Green Man Productions
Sponsors: Creative Communities/Oxford Sports Trust/WDC/Blue Sky Community Trust
“Come and shake your body and listen to the beat from all those sea creatures underneath   your feet!”
Unique whacky entertainment for all ages with a message from the deep blue sea…!
Date : Sunday 4th March
Time : 9.30am – 12.30pm  (40 minute set in that time frame)
Location: Port Nikau
Cost : Free
Contact : Sarah 021772106,

FREE Beach Clean-up Kits

Thanks to Enviroschools and CoastCare Northland, Northland Regional Council

Help protect our marine environment from litter by organising a beach clean-up with your school, CoastCare group, sports club or family and friends. Beach cleans can take place outside of Seaweek. Register with us to receive a free kit containing a clean-up guide, sunscreen, pre-paid rubbish bags, tide-tables, posters and more. Enter the prize draw for a portable BBQ by auditing one bag of rubbish collected.  Enter our photo competition and be in to win one of three ‘day at the beach’ packs.

Date: To receive your free clean-up kit, register your beach clean event at between Monday 12th February and Friday 9th March 2018.
Time: Beach clean-ups can take place between Monday 26th February and Friday 13th (end of Term 1)
Location: Any Northland Beach
Cost: Free



Marine Metre Squared

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